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1743]
To Horace Mann
347
feet and a half in the barrel in length; the smallest of the inclosed buttons to be the size of the bore, hole, or calibre, of the two guns. The third barrel to be three feet and an inch in length; the largest of these buttons to be the bore of it: these feet are English measure. You will be so good to let me know the price of them.
There has happened a comical circumstance at Leicester House: one of the Prince's coachmen, who used to drive the Maids of Honour, was so sick of them, that he has left his son three hundred pounds, upon condition that he never marries a Maid of Honour!
Our journey to Houghton is fixed to Saturday se'nnight; 'tis unpleasant, but I flatter myself that I shall get away in the beginning of August. Direct your letters as you have done all this winter; your brother will take care to send them to me. Adieu !
118.   To HOEACE MANN.
May 19, 1743.
I AM just come tired from a family dinner at the Master of the Bolls'l; but I have received two letters from you since my last, and will write to you, though my head aches with maiden sisters' healths2, forms, and Devonshire and Norfolk. With yours I received one from Mr. Chute, for which I thank him a thousand times, and will answer as soon as I get to Houghton. Monday is fixed peremptorily, though we have had no rain this month ; but we travel by the day of the week, not by the day of the sky.
LETTER 118.—l William Fortescue, Master of the Soils, a relation of Margaret Lady Walpole. Walpole. —B. 1687 ; d. 1749 ; acted as private secretary to Sir Robert Walpole when Chancellor of the Exchequer (1715); K.O. and Attorney-General to Prince of Wales, 1730; Baron of
the Exchequer, 1736; Puisne Justice of the Common Pleas, 1738; Master of the Bolls, 1741. He was on friendly terms with Swift, Gay, and Pope. The last dedicated to him his First Satire.
2 Fortescue's ' maiden sister' was Grace Fortescue, who died this year.